Not your hair average garden variety herb
It seems the hippies and new-age gurus of yesteryear that reeked of patchouli oil were not just spouting nonsense when it came to the use of essential oils and their potential health benefits. In fact, aromatherapy oils have been anecdotally used to treat hair loss for hundreds of years.
The Facts: The natural essential oils from plant materials used for aromatherapy promote health and wellbeing. Essential oils are not actually oils, but have very similar characteristics, and are not to be confused with ‘fragrant oils’ which are synthetic substitutes used in many hair care products.
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The 5,000-year-old science of extracting essential oils is one of the earliest forms of medicine. The resurgence of alternative medicine is a testament to the growing public interest in the health-promoting and medicinal properties of natural and organic resources.
A recent study showed active stimulants for hair growth are present in aromatherapy blends of essential oils.41 The results of the study showed aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment, which had a positive effect on remedying alopecia areata for almost half the participants.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis):
Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, rosemary has been used to stimulate hair growth. It is one of the best herbs to use as a tonic and conditioner, as it gives lustre and body. Rosemary can also slightly darken the hair. It’s full of micronutrients and antibacterial agents that are beneficial for the scalp.
Cedarwood extract (Cedrus atlantica/Juniperus virginiana):
Cedarwood extract is used in conjunction with scalp massages to assist oxygen getting into the hair follicle. This oil has a number of therapeutic benefits to assist hair growth: fungicide, antiseptic, astringent and antiseborrhoeic (relieves excess sebum secretion). In Europe, it is included in commercial shampoos and lotions for alopecia.
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